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Ducks visit Capitals with chance to win Pacific

Washington likely to start Grubauer, rest Holtby in season finale

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

DUCKS (45-25-11) at CAPITALS (56-17-8)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN360, PRIME, CSN-DC

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Anaheim Ducks will clinch the Pacific Division if they defeat the Washington Capitals in any fashion Sunday at Verizon Center, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 22 because of a snowstorm.

Anaheim is one point behind the division-leading Los Angeles Kings (102 points). The Kings lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Ducks defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 at Pepsi Center on Saturday.

"We control our own destiny," forward Corey Perry told the Ducks website. "If the Kings had won [Saturday], today would've been a different story. This is a meaningful game. We want to win. There's not much more."

Frederik Andersen, who missed four games with a concussion, starts in net.

No. 1 goalie John Gibson and center Ryan Kesler were sent back to Anaheim after the game Saturday, according to the OC Register. Each player is nursing a lower-body ailment.

Washington goaltender Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur's single-season record with his 48th win in the 5-1 victory Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. 

Backup Philipp Grubauer will likely start the season finale Sunday.

The Capitals recalled forward Zach Sill from Hershey of the American Hockey League. He could replace Jay Beagle, who sustained a lower-body injury Saturday after blocking a shot in the first period. 

Captain Alex Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history (Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy) with seven 50-goal seasons with his hat trick against the Blues. 

Here are the projected lineups: 


Ryan Garbutt - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Michael Sgarbossa - Jakob Silfverberg

Jamie McGinn - Nate Thompson - Chris Stewart

Nick Ritchie - Chris Wagner - Stefan Noesen

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Cam Fowler - Simon Despres

Shea Theodore - Korbinian Holzer
Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin
Injured: John Gibson (lower body), Ryan Kesler (lower body), David Perron (shoulder), Brandon Pirri (upper body), Kevin Bieksa (upper body), Rickard Rakell (appendectomy), Sami Vatanen (flu), Clayton Stoner (undisclosed), Shawn Horcoff (undisclosed), Mike Santorelli (undisclosed injury)
Scratched: Corey Tropp
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Jason Chimera - Marcus Johansson - Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik - Mike Richards - Jay Beagle
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson  

Dmitry Orlov - Mike Weber
Philipp Grubauer

Braden Holtby 
Injured: None
Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Nate Schmidt, Stanislav Galiev, Michael Latta, Zach Sill

Status report: Anaheim recalled Noesen, Ritchie, Sgarbossa, Tropp and Theodore from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday. … Williams is scheduled to play in his 1,000th regular season NHL game and will be honored with a pregame ceremony. 

Who's hot: Johansson has five points in his past five games. … Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 63 points. … Ovechkin, who leads the League with 50 goals, has five goals in the past three games.

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